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History for busy people. Read a concise history of World War One in just one hour. World War One brought with it the world’s first experience of Total War, involving all of the world’s great powers, polarized between the Triple Entente, lead by Britain, France and Russia, and the Central Powers, dominated by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. Around 9 million men lost thei History for busy people. Read a concise history of World War One in just one hour. World War One brought with it the world’s first experience of Total War, involving all of the world’s great powers, polarized between the Triple Entente, lead by Britain, France and Russia, and the Central Powers, dominated by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. Around 9 million men lost their lives in a conflict that introduced the horrors of trench warfare, machine guns and toxic gas attacks. WORLD WAR ONE: HISTORY IN AN HOUR gives you a clear overview of the road to war, the major turning points and battles, and the key leaders involved, as well as the lasting impact the Great War had on almost every country in the world. WORLD WAR ONE: HISTORY IN AN HOUR is essential reading for all history lovers.


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History for busy people. Read a concise history of World War One in just one hour. World War One brought with it the world’s first experience of Total War, involving all of the world’s great powers, polarized between the Triple Entente, lead by Britain, France and Russia, and the Central Powers, dominated by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. Around 9 million men lost thei History for busy people. Read a concise history of World War One in just one hour. World War One brought with it the world’s first experience of Total War, involving all of the world’s great powers, polarized between the Triple Entente, lead by Britain, France and Russia, and the Central Powers, dominated by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. Around 9 million men lost their lives in a conflict that introduced the horrors of trench warfare, machine guns and toxic gas attacks. WORLD WAR ONE: HISTORY IN AN HOUR gives you a clear overview of the road to war, the major turning points and battles, and the key leaders involved, as well as the lasting impact the Great War had on almost every country in the world. WORLD WAR ONE: HISTORY IN AN HOUR is essential reading for all history lovers.

30 review for World War One: History In An Hour

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Appu Sasidharan

    (Throwback Review) The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie (Duchess of Hohenberg), was the event that triggered the onset of the First World War. This led to the war between Austria and Serbia. Later, the World was divided into the Allied Powers and the Central Powers, and the First World War happened. This book not only mentions the events during the War but also discusses the social trauma it produced due to the massive number of casualties it caused.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul Titley

    Tempted by the combination of this being a summary of a period of history of which I know very little and the fact it was free on Amazon, I was keen to give it a whirl. It does what it says on the tin - and presents a summary of the main campaigns of the First World War. As other reviewers have noted, the timeline jumps around somewhat - though this issue is difficult to overcome, as the war was fought in many parts of the world over long periods of time. The writing style is very factual - as i Tempted by the combination of this being a summary of a period of history of which I know very little and the fact it was free on Amazon, I was keen to give it a whirl. It does what it says on the tin - and presents a summary of the main campaigns of the First World War. As other reviewers have noted, the timeline jumps around somewhat - though this issue is difficult to overcome, as the war was fought in many parts of the world over long periods of time. The writing style is very factual - as it needs to be to cover such a large subject in an hour. The reading time was about 90 mins for me, but there is an appendix which is probably another third of the book, providing short biographies of the main individuals. As a reader with very little knowledge of this period, I have taken two things away from the book. Firstly, it is a good foundation/overview, from which I will now look to read in more detail (the end of the Ottoman Empire, for example). Secondly, is to look into the rest of the series for a similar background to other periods of history.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Hall

    Just like the other History in a Hour book I read, this is a quick and comprehensive book. An interesting but digestible guide to World War One.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mayar El Mahdy

    It's been over a hundred years. That's kind of staggering. This really wrapped up the complicated parts while still being interesting. It's been over a hundred years. That's kind of staggering. This really wrapped up the complicated parts while still being interesting.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicky Uerling

    A great summary of each of the offenses of WWI

  6. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Frow

    Good. Informative in nice short chapters even though it is very much keeping to the facts so that to get a fuller picture you do need to research further but it's a nice starting point. Good. Informative in nice short chapters even though it is very much keeping to the facts so that to get a fuller picture you do need to research further but it's a nice starting point.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mohammad

    I like this book cause it is real story and about the history. The world war 1 was the biggest war the was happens at 1914 and it was end at 1919.There was a lot of killing over and over there a lot of blood on the streets there were a lot of bodies.That what made the book boring ,killing over killing destruction over destruction,so died there were in the streets. It was so depressed story cause there was no food for the women and children.that was not fair for them, however there were fight for I like this book cause it is real story and about the history. The world war 1 was the biggest war the was happens at 1914 and it was end at 1919.There was a lot of killing over and over there a lot of blood on the streets there were a lot of bodies.That what made the book boring ,killing over killing destruction over destruction,so died there were in the streets. It was so depressed story cause there was no food for the women and children.that was not fair for them, however there were fight for every day, so there is more than 37 million people who dead.The Germany who was the lost because they lost a lot of people and the pay money.This was good that is Germany because the war start from them country and lot of people dead just for the war.It is little bit scare but it was nice book to read it has an easy words and character it was nice to read for understand.The people who like a history they would like it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Herman

    OK well that was a quick little trip into history. About a hour and a half total might not be the most stupid war ever fought there actually is quite a few that qualify for that honor but it might be the bloodiest WWII was worse but that had the element of pure Evil in there while WWI was more incompetence with arrogance and ignorance anyway I feel I know a little bit more about the conflict now and it was nice that it wasn't super long in the telling. OK well that was a quick little trip into history. About a hour and a half total might not be the most stupid war ever fought there actually is quite a few that qualify for that honor but it might be the bloodiest WWII was worse but that had the element of pure Evil in there while WWI was more incompetence with arrogance and ignorance anyway I feel I know a little bit more about the conflict now and it was nice that it wasn't super long in the telling.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danny Adams

    Five stars for exactly what it sets out to be: an excellent overview of World War One, particularly someone coming to the war's history for the first time. You won't find a great deal of details about things like battles or the revolutionary movements that overthrew the Tsar and nearly upended Germany...but then if it did, it would be a standard much-longer-than-an-hour-to-read history. If you want something quick (I really did read it in about an hour) and basic that will sketch out nearly all Five stars for exactly what it sets out to be: an excellent overview of World War One, particularly someone coming to the war's history for the first time. You won't find a great deal of details about things like battles or the revolutionary movements that overthrew the Tsar and nearly upended Germany...but then if it did, it would be a standard much-longer-than-an-hour-to-read history. If you want something quick (I really did read it in about an hour) and basic that will sketch out nearly all of World War One's most important events and backgrounds for you, I can't think of a better place to start. (And I used it to jump back into reading about the war for an upcoming trip to the Western Front in Flanders.)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A fast, but interesting read, charting the causes, progress and aftermath of WWI. I was amazed at how much the author packed into such a small book, the information flowed, and gave lots of ideas for further research. The short biographies of some of the war's main protagonists, given in the second part of the book, were an excellent addition to this engaging sprint through four years of history. A fast, but interesting read, charting the causes, progress and aftermath of WWI. I was amazed at how much the author packed into such a small book, the information flowed, and gave lots of ideas for further research. The short biographies of some of the war's main protagonists, given in the second part of the book, were an excellent addition to this engaging sprint through four years of history.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mahmoud Al-Wadi

    I really enjoyed the book despite how summarized it is, it highlighted the most important and distinguished events of the world war and gave me an insight into how europe's democracy and governmental system evolved throughout the last century. I am excited to read rupert's world war two history in an hour as well as Hitler's. I really enjoyed the book despite how summarized it is, it highlighted the most important and distinguished events of the world war and gave me an insight into how europe's democracy and governmental system evolved throughout the last century. I am excited to read rupert's world war two history in an hour as well as Hitler's.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    If you don't know much about World War One I am sure this book will be very interesting. I know a lot more about the second World War so I found this book to have a lot of new information but not overly detailed enough to be become boring. Quick read that I took my time dipping into every so often. If you don't know much about World War One I am sure this book will be very interesting. I know a lot more about the second World War so I found this book to have a lot of new information but not overly detailed enough to be become boring. Quick read that I took my time dipping into every so often.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Johnston

    Turns out I am quite a slow reader. Good read which will leave you checking out other sources as various facts pique your interest on a topic.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jillian ❀‿❀

    ❄ Great coverage in just an hour.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dunkthebiscuit Kendrick

    On 28 June 1914 a young Serbian named Gavrilo Princip shot the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire and started a political avalanche that would eventually see over 13 million people dead, four Empires destroyed and a redrawing of many European country borders. Princip himself was too young to face execution for his crime, and lived in prison until 1918 before succumbing to tuberculosis. I was all set to take notes while reading this book, but I didn't have to. As you can expect from the In An Hou On 28 June 1914 a young Serbian named Gavrilo Princip shot the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire and started a political avalanche that would eventually see over 13 million people dead, four Empires destroyed and a redrawing of many European country borders. Princip himself was too young to face execution for his crime, and lived in prison until 1918 before succumbing to tuberculosis. I was all set to take notes while reading this book, but I didn't have to. As you can expect from the In An Hour books, it has already been pared down to the absolute basics - what happened, when and who it happened to. Appendices give short biographies of the more important people named in the book, as well as a timeline. As a basic introduction to the First World War, for those with minimum prior knowledge, I happily recommend this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This summary is short, sweet, and to the point - similar to a Cliff's Notes version of the major actions and key players involved in World War I. This was well-researched and concise. While very high-level, it gives you enough to whet your appetite and want to learn more details, and the addition of pictures of the key players, etc., enhance the value. I also liked the end notes which gave you autobiographical information on the key players, including what happened to them after the war and how This summary is short, sweet, and to the point - similar to a Cliff's Notes version of the major actions and key players involved in World War I. This was well-researched and concise. While very high-level, it gives you enough to whet your appetite and want to learn more details, and the addition of pictures of the key players, etc., enhance the value. I also liked the end notes which gave you autobiographical information on the key players, including what happened to them after the war and how they died. Yes, it took about an hour to read this while on a plane!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    This book is a great introduction into a now, little-thought about war. For the history buff, it is a good, basic beginning, and the timeline at the end of the book provides a wealth of information for further research, reading and understanding. And for every other reader, it lays out, in stark detail, how political alliances, treaties, and political relationships that were in effect at the start of the 20th century, converged, and with the assassination of an Archduke and his wife, resulted in This book is a great introduction into a now, little-thought about war. For the history buff, it is a good, basic beginning, and the timeline at the end of the book provides a wealth of information for further research, reading and understanding. And for every other reader, it lays out, in stark detail, how political alliances, treaties, and political relationships that were in effect at the start of the 20th century, converged, and with the assassination of an Archduke and his wife, resulted in world war.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Geoffrey Sutton

    I've read more schollarly works on World War I but I picked this one up as a Kindle book to refresh my memory before touring the Western Front. The book served my purpose. Colley provided an orderly look at the battles and places or the war in chronological order. There is some context and references to political and military leaders. The appendixes offer two sources of information: biosketches on several leaders and a timeline. If you want a short overview of the war, this works as advertised. I've read more schollarly works on World War I but I picked this one up as a Kindle book to refresh my memory before touring the Western Front. The book served my purpose. Colley provided an orderly look at the battles and places or the war in chronological order. There is some context and references to political and military leaders. The appendixes offer two sources of information: biosketches on several leaders and a timeline. If you want a short overview of the war, this works as advertised.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Taz Seshat

    A concise overview of major events and issues at a little over the titles hour - at over 80 mins. Clearly narrated. Well paced. It is not chronologically recounted though. It jumps from different theatres at different times which can be a little confusing. It is sectioned into themes such as ‘Air and Sea’, ‘Ireland and Easter Sunday’ and ‘The Spring Offensive’, which is effective and makes a complex topic with interconnected elements a bit easier to grasp. Overall, a good ‘highlights’ account of A concise overview of major events and issues at a little over the titles hour - at over 80 mins. Clearly narrated. Well paced. It is not chronologically recounted though. It jumps from different theatres at different times which can be a little confusing. It is sectioned into themes such as ‘Air and Sea’, ‘Ireland and Easter Sunday’ and ‘The Spring Offensive’, which is effective and makes a complex topic with interconnected elements a bit easier to grasp. Overall, a good ‘highlights’ account of a very complicated but important, century defining event.

  20. 5 out of 5

    David Rubenstein

    Terribly incomplete, but you can read it in an hour. On the other hand, I have heard about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand about a thousand times and this is the first time I actually understood what caused WWI. And the whole book can be read in less than an hour. I think I am in favor of learning the highlights of many history topics and reading further for the ones that seem most pressing. Thumbs up!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Perry

    Informative & Entertaining Narrative Though A Bit Deficient In US Coverage There's not much I can say beyond my title. Overall, author provided an excellent summary of the political and military conditions that led to war - though account was a bit deficient in its coverage of the U.S. Also, the book effectively ended at 88% of book's volume, with remainder being devoted to ads for other books Informative & Entertaining Narrative Though A Bit Deficient In US Coverage There's not much I can say beyond my title. Overall, author provided an excellent summary of the political and military conditions that led to war - though account was a bit deficient in its coverage of the U.S. Also, the book effectively ended at 88% of book's volume, with remainder being devoted to ads for other books

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    I might read all of these. Great way to get a quick intro to major events in world history. I think the author's bias might sneak in a little as can be expected. But give the man credit for condensing the history and keeping it entertaining. A great service to those of us who can't afford time for all of the details. Bravo! I might read all of these. Great way to get a quick intro to major events in world history. I think the author's bias might sneak in a little as can be expected. But give the man credit for condensing the history and keeping it entertaining. A great service to those of us who can't afford time for all of the details. Bravo!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bob Colvin

    Concise and complete A concise and complete outline of the key moments of WW1, although Colley gives rather short shrift to the Americans, who arrived late, but sealed the deal of the defeat of Germany based on Pershing's tough stand against the French command. An intriguing series. I will read more. Concise and complete A concise and complete outline of the key moments of WW1, although Colley gives rather short shrift to the Americans, who arrived late, but sealed the deal of the defeat of Germany based on Pershing's tough stand against the French command. An intriguing series. I will read more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ania

    Comprehensive guide to the history of World War One. Could have more about the background of the war and why countries has started it but it's a good start for everyone, eho wants to learn something about history. Comprehensive guide to the history of World War One. Could have more about the background of the war and why countries has started it but it's a good start for everyone, eho wants to learn something about history.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shiva Gali

    It will just give the outline of what happened in World War 1 and it seems that author detests imperial politics and its people and he wasted pages telling about the imperial personnels of world war 1. Overall a good book for quick look on World War.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Philip Battle

    Great; fills in the gaps in your education without getting ankle deep in mud and guts. Perfect if all you want to do is get an historical overview. Everything is here to enable a good understanding of WWI. ***FOUR STARS****

  27. 4 out of 5

    Briar

    A good overview Had someone with little history knowledge I sometimes overwhelmed by more in depth books. This gives a good overview off WW1 without the distractions of Wikipedia links.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    True to it's word this book did only take (roughly) an hour to complete but it was quite dry and hard to pick back up. I suppose it may appeal more to true history buffs or someone studying WW1. True to it's word this book did only take (roughly) an hour to complete but it was quite dry and hard to pick back up. I suppose it may appeal more to true history buffs or someone studying WW1.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diwakar Narayan

    Quick read to get an overview if you have been forgetting facts :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eric Sharpe

    Very basic overview of WW1. Interesting only as a starting point and some wrong dates and names were used.

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